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"I believe in limited government, and the 20th century has been the century of government. The data is uniform. The government has failed at every single task it has set out to do, with the exception of waging war."
- Bart Kosko

Private Space Cruiser  
  A fully space-worthy ship under private ownership.  

This is a very early reference to the idea that private individuals (rather than just governments) could own space-going vessels.

...Private pleasure-boats were numerous, too, mostly affairs of gleaming white, and most of these were apparently bound for the annual Jupiter-Mars space-races.
Technovelgy from Crashing Suns, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Popular Fiction Publishing Co. in 1928
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Robert Heinlein wrote about a Joy-Boat Junior, a commercially produced suborbital spacecraft, in his 1941 novel Methuselah's Children. In the same novel, he also discusses privately owned spacecraft capable of interplanetary trips.

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